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05/26/2010 - 6:02pm
Howard fouled upgraded to flagrant

ORLANDO -- The NBA announced that it has upgraded a personal foul called on Dwight Howard from Game 4 to a Flagrant 1. The play occured when Howard hit Kevin Garnett in the face. Garnett became angry and was hit with a technical foul. "That's their decision," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said prior to Game 5. "[Howard] got a rebound and pivoted." Howard now has two points in the so-called Flagrant Foul bank. A third would lead to an automatic one-game suspension.


05/26/2010 - 5:26pm
Rondo brushes off injury talk

ORLANDO -- As he did after Game 4, Rajon Rondo dismissed talk that he was dealing with any kind of a serious injury. "I'm feeling better," he said before the team's shootaround. "I'm fine. Nothing to worry about. I'll be playing." The team said that Rondo had a muscle spasm during Game 4, but Rondo refused to use that as an excuse after he scored just nine points, to go with eight assists, while Jameer Nelson scored 23 points in the Magic's win. "I've just got to play better," he said after Game 4.


05/26/2010 - 5:16pm
Magic's Lewis expected to get IV

ORLANDO -- Rashard Lewis revealed today that he has been battling a viral infection during the Eastern Conference finals, which might explain his poor production. Lewis told reporters prior to Game 5 that he is not 100 percent and that the virus has affected him. He is also expected to receive IV fluids prior to the game.


05/26/2010 - 5:04pm
Lineup: Ellsbury, Martinez, Drew all out

Jacoby Ellsbury (soreness in his left side), Victor Martinez (contusion on left big toe) and J.D. Drew (hip) all are out of the Red Sox' lineup in the series finale at Tropicana Field against the Rays, Wednesday night. The Sox lineup against Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza is as follows: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Beltre 3B, Hermida LF, Varitek C, Cameron CF, McDonald RF, Lackey P. For all the matchups see The Full Count Blog by clicking here.


05/26/2010 - 3:01pm
Brace: Rookie year 'humbling'

Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace called his rookie experience “humbling,” and said Wednesday he wasn’t prepared for life in the NFL.

“For someone coming out straight out of college straight into the real world, you have this job where everybody’s yelling at you to do something and you don’t know what you’re doing and you basically have to catch on quick and catch up with the pack,” he said Wednesday after participating in organized team acitivities at Gillette Stadium.

“It was kind of a humbling experience for me because I didn’t get to play. But it also opened my eyes to let me know there’s still work to do. You ain’t the big man around here anymore. There’s another big man. You’ve got to learn your role and fall in and just work on trying to excel.”

The 6-foot-3, 330 pound Brace was used to starting and contributing — with...

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